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Lodging, Travel and Itinerary


Shared lodging will be provided at no cost. If you require a room to yourself, you will be responsible for any costs. The hotel is the Staybridge Suites Hotel, 1913 Huger St. Columbia, SC 29201

More details will be made available 2 weeks prior to the institute. 



You are responsible for providing your own transportation to Columbia and daily travel to the USC Columbia campus.  A chartered bus will be provided for the field visits to other cities. 


Tentative Itinerary/Schedule of Events

Final confirmed itinerary will be made available on the first day of the institute.

The institute days will be long. Please be prepared to arrive on Sunday, June 11, 2018 and depart in the afternoon on Friday June 15, 2018. If you would like to extend your reservation to stay in Columbia over the weekend may arrange this directly with the hotel.  Any additional costs will be your responsibility.

On our travel days, please be prepared to arrive at the university as early as 7:00am and to return as late as 8:00pm.


8:00 a.m. Introductions, Opening Exercise, and Overview of Institute
Toby S. Jenkins, Ph.D. and Gloria Boutte, Ph.D.


Our Teaching Practice:
Participants will engage in a group discussion on the need for the institute, what is working in their classrooms, where there are still gaps in African American studies, and their expectations of Institute. Administer a short survey to assess knowledge, comfort levels, and perceived preparation to teach African American culture and South Carolina historical sites. Distribute list of standards and resource packages.


8:45-9:30 a.m.    Connecting African and African American History and Culture
Gloria Boutte, Ph.D.


9:30 -10:30 The People and Places of African American History in the South
Jannie Harriet, South Carolina Historic Commission


10:30-11:30 Literature and Memory: African American History through Children’s Literature
Joyce Hansen, Author


11:30-1:00 p.m.  A Legacy of Educational Commitment: Colored Schools, Liberation and Freedom
Toby S. Jenkins, Ph.D.

“Rosenwald” Documentary Screening
College of Education Auditorium


1:00-2:00 p.m.   African American Colored Schools, Booker T Washington and Julius Rosenwald
Andrea L’Hommedieu, Oral Historian, the Tom Crosby Oral History Collection: Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina, University of South Carolina Libraries       


2-3:00 p.m. Strategies of Resistance, Survival, and Preservation in the South from Slavery to Present
Bobby Donaldson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, University of South Carolina  


3-4:00 p.m. South Carolina Department of Education African American History Instructional Materials: Purpose, Goals and Expectations
Elizabeth King and Stephen Corsini, South Carolina Department of Education


4-5:00 p.m. Innovative Instructional Planning and Initial Group Meetings
LaGarett King, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, University of Missouri


5:00-6:15 p.m. The Incredible History of African American Education
Evelyn Bethune, Ph.D. (Granddaughter of Mary McCleod Bethune)


6:30-7:30 p.m.  Columbia South Carolina 63
After Dinner Civil Rights Walking Tour of Main Street

8:00 a.m. Meet at the University of South Carolina


9:00 a.m. Columbia Heritage Tour, Historic Columbia Foundation CONFIRMED
Since its creation in 1786, Columbia has featured a large African American population whose labor, skills, and vision have been integral in the city’s physical, spiritual, and social evolution. During the course of four centuries the city’s black community transformed itself from that of a predominantly enslaved population to a society whose members overcame the restrictions of Jim Crow and charted the course of the Civil Rights era. The story of this journey remains today within the home places, workplaces, and resting places of Columbia’s African-American community. Tour themes: Architecture, Education, Women’s History, Religion, and Historic Landmarks


11:30 a.m. Group Lunch and Tour (Pine Grove Rosenwald School) CONFIRMED
Richland County Recreation Commission


1:00-3:30 p.m.   This Far by Faith: Carolina Camp Meetings, Minuette Floyd, Ph.D., Field trip to Camp Welfare (Fairfield County)
During the 19th century, the camp meeting was a major social and religious institution in the South. Ministers known as “circuit riders” would travel on horseback to many rural campgrounds. Today, camp meetings continue to provide a time of homecoming, familial connection, and spiritual renewal.  Historically, folks traveled for miles and brought everything they needed to survive: live chickens, tents, and fresh vegetables…Over time the temporary shelters developed into permanent structures. Today, these “tents” are deeded and passed down through the family from generation to generation. Minuette Floyd will facilitate a workshop sharing her research, which documents the camp traditions of South Carolina through photography and ethnography.


4:30 p.m.  Junior Buffalo Soldier Leadership Academy
The Junior Buffalo Soldier Leadership Academy (J.B.S.L.A.) was created in the year of 2006 with a mission to perpetuate the history of the many accomplishments of the Buffalo Soldiers (1866-1944) and to continue their legacy and traditions. We are the only youth program in the state that offers this unique academy, as well as located in the historical community of Arthur town, South Carolina. To this end, J.B.S.L.A. is dedicated to developing: Character, Honor, Discipline and Respect while instilling allegiance to God, Country, and Community through the promotion of physical, mental, and moral fitness in our community’s youth. We are committed and dedicated to providing support and guidance in an attempt to change the negative actions and/or perceptions of our youth’s capabilities, beliefs, and expectations by using several techniques that include, but not limited to: Equine therapy; Motivational support; History of the Buffalo Soldiers, Military D&C; and positive Pedagogy through Call and Response. This is achieved with the collaboration of community leaders/organizations to achieve individual personal development that will enrich each participant intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and culturally.


4:30 p.m.: Bus arrives at the Ponderosa Ranch and escorted by Troopers on horseback

4:35pm: Jambo! and Welcoming: Afrikan Drummers and Dancers

5pm: Brief history of historical Arthur Town

5:20 p.m.: Wakanda Feast/History of Buffalo Soldiers and Display

6:20 p.m.: Call and Response activity

6:40 p.m.: Tribal games (Team building activities)

7:40 p.m.: Harambe Fest/Individual expression/Horseback riding/Dancing/etc

8:30 p.m.: Closing (Harambe Circle) and Depart to bus


9:00 p.m.  Arrive Back at Hotel

8:00 a.m. Meet at USC and Travel to Greenwood, South Carolina

10:00 a.m. Local Tour of Greenwood

11:00 a.m. Childhood Home of Dr. Benjamin E Mays and Lunch  

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Greenwood’s most famous and distinguished son, was a monumental figure in American history.  He was an advisor to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter, and a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. starting when King was a student at Morehouse College at the age of 15.  Dr. Mays mentored King and it was due to the influence of Mays that King entered the ministry. This historic site highlights the contributions of Dr. Mays to the dialogue about education and race in the United States and is a key focal point of understanding the struggle for civil rights in the American South. Visitors can experience how African American sharecroppers lived and understand the monumental rise of Dr. Mays from the son of former enslaved parents to President of Morehouse College.


2:00 p.m. Local Tour of Abbeyville

3:30 p.m. Depart to Columbia

5:30 p.m.  Arrive at Hotel, Dinner on Your Own (Free at Hotel)  

7:30 a.m. Meet at USC to Depart for Charleston


9:30-10 a.m.  Arrive Charleston


10:00 a.m.  Visit to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Founded in 1816 and often referred to as “Mother Emanuel”, Emanuel AME is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the Southern United States, with the first independent black denomination in the United States as well as one of the oldest black congregations south of Baltimore. The church has a long history of spiritual, community and political leadership in South Carolina. It has been host to major educational and civil rights leaders and home base for critical moments in African American history in South Carolina.


11:30-1:30 p.m. Middleton Plantation and Lunch

2:00-4:00 Gullah Island Tours

5:00-7:00 p.m. Return to Columbia

7:00-8:00 p.m.   Dinner on Your Own (Free at Hotel)

8:00 a.m. Intro to Culturally Relevant Instructional Planning


9:30 a.m. Workgroup Instructional Planning Session
Participants will continue to work through their instructional plans. Participants will be guided by LaGarrett King who will serve as an instructional coach for refining and innovating plans.


11:30 a.m. Large Group Processing and Lunch: Design Lab Sharing Plans and Getting Feedback
Participants will reconvene mid-day to share what they have conceived thus far and to gain feedback, ideas and suggestions from the large group.  We will collaboratively work to ensure each plan is creative, intentional, and aligned with standards.


1:30 p.m. Revisions and Finalizing Plans
Participants will reconvene to incorporate suggestions and feedback and finalize their instructional plans. All participants must submit draft lesson plans by the end of the day.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.